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Issue No. 168 28 February 2003  

Abbott�s Rules
Tony Abbott is at it again, with a wicked plan to cut research funding to universities that do not put their workers onto individual contracts.


Interview: Agenda 2003
ACTU secretary Greg Combet looks at the year ahead and how a union movement can keep the focus on the workplace at a time of global crisis.

Peace: The Colour Purple
Local communities across Australia are taking stands against war by displaying purple banners. Jim Marr visits one.

Industrial: Long, Hot Summer
As Workers Online took its annual break, the world kept turning � at an increasingly alarming velocity.

Solidarity: Workers Against War
Joann Wypijewski reports on how union locals in the USA are fighting the hounds of war at home.

Security: Howard And The Hoodlums
With all the talk of terror, the Howard Government�s Achilles heel is its tolerance of Flags of Convenience shipping , writes Rowan Cahill

International: Industrial Warfare
Scottish freight train drivers have already acted to disrupt the war effort in the UK with crews of four freight trains carrying war supplies to ports walking off the job, writes Andrew Casey

History: Unions and the Vietnam War
The Vietnam experience steered some unions towards social activism for the first time. Unions are today key players in the anti-war movement, writes Tony Duras.

Review: Eight Miles to Mowtown
Mark Hebblewhites looks at two summer movies that tap into different sounds of American culture - white boy rap and motown blues.

Poetry: Return To Sender
Resident bard Divd Peetz discovers that Elvis has become the latest shock recruit to the peace cause.

Satire: CIA Recruits New Intake of Future Enemies
CIA Director George Tenet announced today that the agency has begun recruiting future enemies for the year 2014.


 Report Derails Freight Plans

 Journo Embarrasses Cole

 CASA a Safety Threat

 Howard Shafts Battlers

 Sparks Fly at Sydney Uni

 Unions Target March 14 For Peace

 Tongans Play Shame Game

 Palestinians Question ICFTU

 Neanderthals Roll Back Safeguards

 Keep Vultures out of Culture

 Bloody Noses for Sticky Beaks

 Warning As Barrier Council Turns 80

 Faint Praise for Labor Education Stand

 Staff Bogged Down

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Getting On with The Job
Premier Bob Carr chose Trades Hall as the venue to launch Labor's IR policy for the upcoming state election.

Justice in Bogota
Sydney lawyer Ian Latham knows how to pick them. He�s gone straight from the Cole Royal Commission to justice Colombian-style.

The Locker Room
Heart Of Darkness
There is a school of thought that there is, in fact, only one World Cup - and it doesn�t involve cricket, writes Phil Doyle.

Danger Mouse
John Howard's politics have trapped him into supporting an unpopular war. He is in political trouble, Leonie Bronstein argues.

 Johnny Goes Marching Off
 Misled Artist
 Penalty Shoot-Out
 More Talk Needed on War
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CASA a Safety Threat

Federal aviation watchdog, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, stands accused of putting strike breakers ahead of public safety.

Two groups of airlines workers were scathing about CASA�s �hands-off� approach to industry standards after it refused to censure Virgin or Qantas for taking shortcuts in the face of industrial unrest.

"It is standard for our people to go through two full weeks of emergency procedures before they are allowed to fly, then regular refreshers," FAAA assistant secretary, Michael Jijatov, reported after Qantas crammed casuals through a weekend safety course then used them to replace striking international cabin crew this week.

"CASA was informed of the potential safety implications but appears to have given them the thumbs-up," Mijatov said.

Qantas has added the 106 short-haul casuals to a roster of management, ex-management and overseas-based non-union crew on standby to scab in the event of further industrial action.

Fourteen hundred angry flight attendants overwhelmingly endorsed further industrial action in support of their EBA claims at a round of capital city stopwork meetings this week. Only one vote was recorded against the resolution.

The FAAA is battling to force Qantas to honour a "recognition" clause written into its last EBA. The company, which last week posted a record half-yearly profit, had agreed to "recognise" the contribution of cabin crew in return for a crewing agreement that has saved the company $40 million in wages.

Qantas argues its "recognition" does not need to be financial.

Meanwhile, the Licensed Engineers Association is furious at CASA's green light for a Virgin Blue cost-cutting measure that authorises pilots to perform sensitive safety checks, taking the place of qualified maintenance engineers.

"This is not World Best practice, it is World Cheapest practice," association president Michael O'Rance said.

"It is dumbfounding that CASA has weighed into this dispute in support of the airline.

O'Rance said his members had logged three incidents where pilots had approved aircraft that were, in fact, unfit for flight. The ALEA will put the matter before members at a round of stop work meeting next month.

O'Rance accused the federal safety authority of "doing the bidding of the airlines".

In other airline news, Air New Zealand was accused of double standards as Australian-based workers struck for the first time this week.

Ninety ground staff took industrial action after seven months of unsuccessful negotiations over wages and conditions.

ASU assistant secretary, Kristyn Thompson said the company had one rule for its managers and another for those who did the work. She was referring to a leaked memo from managing director, Ralph Norris, which set out pay rises and performance bonuses for managers, effective from February 1.

"Some of these managers have sat across the table and insisted workers who have not had a pay increase since 1999 take another 12 month wage freeze," Thompson said. "The hypocrisy is staggering."


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